Post-doc Position Available – RNA Biology

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Xin Li, Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology, Genome to Therapeutics, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Research in the Li Lab ( is at the interface of reproductive and RNA biology. We thrive to understand how information is perpetuated and diversified through generations from an RNA perspective. The current known RNA-regulations in germ lines just represent the tip of the iceberg. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to uncover new mechanism together. There are several ongoing projects in the lab: including the biogenesis and function of piRNAs, the translation regulation in germ-line development, the RNA structure and modification in testis, the cause and the consequence of germ-line aging. We are adopting an interdisciplinary approach including genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and cell biology, and testing our finding across different model organisms including humans, mice and chickens. Being one of the founding members of the lab, the position will have the unique opportunity to work side by side with the PI. Ideas and data generated by the “dry” component of the lab will be tested rapidly and efficiently by “wet” bench members, and vice versa. You will attend our joint group meeting with Drs. Lynne Maquat and Yitao Yu and interact with other RNA biologists. We also have close interactions with the reproduction groups at Cornell University, including Drs. John Schimenti and Paula Cohen.


  • A recent Ph.D. or equivalent experience
  • One first-author publication
  • Good communication and organization skills
  • Awareness of details
  • Preferred background on stem cell, reproductive biology, avian biology or RNA biology

Rochester Center for RNA Biology is a mecca for RNA researchers, with a long history of nurturing RNA biologists and discoveries. The University of Rochester was ranked one of the top 15 institutions in the nation for scientists to work according to The Scientist magazine’s annual survey of “Best Places to Work for Scientists in Academia”. It should be noted that the University of Rochester outranked every other research institution in New York State. The environment is very collaborative and congenial and has an infrastructure that allows me and others to recruit outstanding lab members. Moreover, the city of Rochester is safe, beautiful and affordable.

Please provide a cover letter describing your past projects and career goals. Please also describe what you hope to get out of this position and what you hope to bring to the Lab.  Enclose  your  detailed  CV  with  names  and  contacts  of  three  referees  to [email protected]

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